When I was a child, my mother seasoned every meal with garlic powder. She loves the flavor and passed the affinity on to me. In the past year, I have grown to know garlic not only as a delightful aromatic, but also as an infection-fighting immune booster. Today’s experiment: Infection-Fighting Garlic, Part 1.
Here are two personal stories to start us off.
This past spring, I was chatting with two friends that I hadn’t seen in two years. One friend’s voice was raspy as she was just recovering from laryngitis. The other one was whispering as she had lost her voice to the same illness. You knew it. A couple days later, I felt that telltale tickle in the back of my throat and my temperature started rising. Immediately, I started my garlic regimen. I never lost my voice, stayed on my feet the whole time, and all trace of illness was gone in five days. I didn’t take any antibiotics.
Also during the spring, my little ball of sugar caught a cold. She stayed ill for about two weeks before I suspected the cold had started affecting her ears. We had just moved and didn’t have health insurance or a doctor yet, so I wasn’t sure what to do. It got so bad that she couldn’t lay down without crying and her ears were bright red. I administered garlic drops in her ears and the redness went away within a half an hour. The next day, her cold was gone and ears weren’t bothering her. No antibiotics.
I am not a doctor. Okay, people? I am also not opposed to going to the doctor. I do like to save some money where I can, and I definitely like to take my family’s wellness into my own hands when I can.
Here’s our catch-all remedy that we start whenever anyone’s feeling under the weather.
Take a fresh garlic clove, place it in a washcloth, and crush it. Run hot water over the washcloth, with the clove still inside, and wring it out. Hold it against the soles of the feet and the chest for 90 seconds with a new clove each time. Why the soles? Your feet have the largest pores, so the garlic juices are quickly absorbed into your system to do their magic. Direct contact against the skin could cause burning, so make sure to use a washcloth or paper towel.
I will share my other garlic home remedies in Part 2. For now, I am wondering…
Do you think I’m crazy? What are your garlic-based home remedies?